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Pastoral Support

Pastoral care is central to the King’s School ethos. We firmly believe that all students have areas in which they can excel and do our best to try and support and develop each individual.

This starts with transition which is the responsibility of Mrs Jacobs. Along with the other Heads of House she visits as many Year 6 students in their primary schools as possible during the summer term. She collects information and answers questions from students. With this information Mrs Jacobs creates the teaching groups for Year 7 as well as allocating students to one of the four King's School Houses.

Students are informed of their house tutor group and teaching group at the New Parents Evening which takes place in late June or early July. Parents and students also get to meet their Head of House and tutor on this evening. There is then a week long Induction in July. Year 6 students experience King's School lessons and get to meet in their houses. This experience gives Year 6 students a really good taste of the King's School and enables students to find their way around and feel prepared for the start of Year 7.

During the first half-term of Year 7 all the students are encouraged to attend an overnight residential at ESCOT in their houses. This helps them to get to know each other and key members of staff.

The tutor becomes a key figure in each student’s pastoral care. Students meet with their tutor twice a day and the tutor will monitor their all round progress and endeavour to support them as best they can. The tutors liaise regularly with their Head of House who have the overview of students in their house from Years 7 to 11.

In addition Student Support is a place where students can go if they encounter a problem or need extra support. This could be anything from losing their bag to a fall-out with friends. Our Pastoral Support Workers – Mr Nicholson, Mrs Bunker – will work with them and try to help them move forward. Two other members of staff also work in Student Support – Mrs Marks (attendance) and Mrs Paddison (admissions, data and other issues).

Student Support is also a hub for:

  • First Aid
  • Dispensing of individual  medication
  • Students who are feeling unwell
  • Issuing of lunch cards
  • Signing in and out of school
  • Collecting and handing in letters and forms

and much, much more………

We also work closely with the School Nurse Team. The details of their provision is outlined below.

School Nursing Service

The School Nursing service across Devon is required to make sure all children and young people in Devon’s maintained schools, colleges and academies have access to a  School Nurse 52 weeks a year, (not just when schools are open) to provide information and support to all school aged children.

We will be working in partnership with schools to support the schools in the development of health policies that impact on all children and young people. Complimenting any taught health related classroom based programmes being delivered.

We will be working in partnership with schools to:

  • Support the development of health policies that impact on children and young people.
  • Complement health related classroom based programmes.
  • Support children and young people with medical conditions, to ensure they access the whole curriculum and are not disadvantaged.
  • Ensure that school Staff have the information they need to support children with health concerns.
  • Provide drop in sessions in arrangement with secondary schools
  • We aim to start running sessions in the community for all school aged children.

The School Nurse normally works from 09:00 until 17:00 however we will do our best to make ourselves available to you outside of these hours. We provide drop in sessions in secondary schools in arrangement with schools, colleges and academies and will be starting to run sessions in the community for all school aged children (and their parents).

You can contact your local School Nurse Michelle Perryman on 01404 816020 or 07976857826- (usual working hours are Mon-Wed 0830 – 1700 hours).

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health and how they can be supported in school please contact your School Nurse.

We will not be routinely testing reception hearing. Should you have any concern regarding your child’s hearing at any time please contact the School Nurse, class Teacher or your GP for further guidance / assessment.

If you have recently moved in from abroad and want to check if your child requires a BCG vaccination please contact the School Nurse for further information. All children under the age of 16 are eligible for free vision checks and dental care. Please ensure that your child has an annual check-up at the opticians and is registered with and sees the dentist.


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